Sunderland certainly have plenty of former players currently plying their trade in French football. One such player, they would much rather prefer to still be at the Stadium of Light.
Josh Maja left Sunderland this week for Bordeaux. He joined the French side in a reported £3.5 million deal, with his Sunderland deal expiring in the summer, according to The Chronicle.
Others were pushed out of the door at Sunderland. Lamine Kone is on loan at Strasbourg, whilst Didier Ndong and Papy Djilobodji were both sacked and have since joined Guingamp.
Coincidentally, Sunderland’s former striker is set to play against at least one of them on debut.
Bordeaux take on Strasbourg tonight in the Coupe de la Ligue semi-finals. However, as reported by L’Equipe, the paperwork of his sale was not done in time to be registered for the cup tie. Therefore, he will not face Kone.
However, Bordeaux’s next league game is against bottom side Guingamp. Maja will not face Djilobodji. The Senegalese defender is facing a three-game suspension after a recent red card against Stade de Reims.
Ndong, however, should be playing. The one-time £13.6 million, as reported by the BBC, Sunderland signing will be hoping to stop Maja and co inflicting more hurt on them in the league.
Sunderland fans were disappointed to see Maja go. However, they were happy to say goodbye to the Guingamp pair. If Maja scores on debut at the weekend, at least he will doing harm to these two former Sunderland mercenaries.